A Better Way to Think About Conspiracies

People will always be interested in conspiracy theories. They need a tool kit for discriminating among different fringe ideas.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Younger Military Personnel Reject Vaccine, in Warning for Commanders and the Nation

About one-third of the troops have declined to take the vaccine. Many say they worry the vaccines are unsafe or were developed too quickly. Others want a sense of independence, even in uniform.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #blue-star-families, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #national-guard, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Minneapolis Will Pay Influencers to Fight Misinformation During Officers’ Trials

The city will pay six social media influencers $2,000 each to share messages during the trials of Derek Chauvin and three other former police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chauvin-derek-1976, #city-councils, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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The Final Push to End the Coronavirus Pandemic in the U.S.

At last, shots are going into arms in significant numbers, but too many people could still fall through the cracks.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Full CPAC 2021 Guide: Trump, Cruz, Pompeo and More

Even more than usual, the Conservative Political Action Conference this year will be a barometer for the Republican Party, newly out of power in Washington and trying to chart a way back.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #speeches-and-statements, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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MyPillow C.E.O. Mike Lindell Sued Over Election Fraud Claims

The complaint alleges that Mr. Lindell “exploited” false claims about election fraud to support sales of his own business.

#dominion-voting-systems-corp, #lindell-mike, #my-pillow-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #meduza-medusa-project-sia, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates

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Must We Dance on Rush Limbaugh’s Grave?

Speaking ill of the dead needn’t mean cackling over their demise.

#deaths-obituaries, #discrimination, #limbaugh-rush, #news-and-news-media, #radio, #rumors-and-misinformation, #twitter

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Texas, Land of Wind and Lies

When post-truth politics meets energy policy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #electric-light-and-power, #natural-gas, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #texas, #wind-power

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Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole

Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #kennedy-robert-f-jr, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Rush Limbaugh’s Legacy of Weaponizing Radio Commentary

Weaponizing conspiracy theories and bigotry long before Donald Trump’s ascent, the radio giant helped usher in the political style that came to dominate the Republican Party.

#conservatism-us-politics, #discrimination, #limbaugh-rush, #radio, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democracy Is Weakening Right in Front of Us

Is political technopessimism our new future?

#artificial-intelligence, #balkin-jack-m, #computers-and-the-internet, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuboff-shoshana

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Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Faces Its First Major Test

The questions are bigger than whether Trump should have been suspended.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #oversight-board-facebook, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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On Trump, Michigan Republicans Lean One Way: ‘Fealty at All Costs’

Even after his defeat, Donald Trump is causing fierce infighting among Republicans in a crucial battleground state. Loyalists are rewarded. Dissenters face punishment.

#conservatism-us-politics, #elections-house-of-representatives, #maddock-meshawn, #meijer-peter, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #shirkey-michael-j, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #upton-fred

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Clubhouse, a Tiny Audio Chat App, Breaks Through

The 11-month-old app has exploded in popularity, even as it grapples with harassment, misinformation and privacy issues.

#andreessen-horowitz, #censorship, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #davison-paul-entrepreneur, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #innovation, #mobile-applications, #rumors-and-misinformation, #seth-rohan, #social-media, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #women-and-girls

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Trump’s Republicans, Brought to Their Knees

They stand for nothing. The Senate trial proved that.

#cruz-ted, #gingrich-newt, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #impeachment, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #scott-richard-l, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Lawyers Repeated Inaccurate Claims in Impeachment Trial

The three members of the former president’s legal team made a number of misleading or false claims about the events of Jan. 6, antifa, the impeachment process and voter fraud.

#absentee-voting, #antifa-movement-us, #castor-bruce-1961, #georgia, #impeachment, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #schoen-david-i, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #van-der-veen-michael-t, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Lawyers on Day 4 of Impeachment Trial

The three members of the former president’s legal team made a number of misleading or false claims about the events of Jan. 6, antifa, the impeachment process and voter fraud.

#absentee-voting, #antifa-movement-us, #castor-bruce-1961, #georgia, #impeachment, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #schoen-david-i, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #van-der-veen-michael-t, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Nikki Haley Slams Trump’s Election Claims

Although the former United Nations ambassador calibrated her comments, her sharp criticism represented a departure from other Republicans who are believed to be considering running for president in 2024.

#haley-nikki-r, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Christian Prophets Are on the Rise. What Happens When They’re Wrong?

They are stars within one of the fastest-growing corners of American Christianity. Now, their movement is in crisis.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #rumors-and-misinformation

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The Economic Case for Regulating Social Media

The core business model of platforms like Facebook and Twitter poses a threat to society and requires retooling, an economist says.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-speech, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Can We Put Fox News on Trial With Trump?

Even if we can’t impeach media companies, we can do more to hold them accountable for sowing sedition.

#cable-television, #carusone-angelo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fox-news-channel, #media-matters-for-america, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ratings-audience-measurement, #rumors-and-misinformation, #television, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Fox Files Motion to Dismiss Smartmatic’s $2.7 Billion Defamation Suit

In a court filing, Rupert Murdoch’s media company says it had the right to broadcast the debunked claims of election fraud promoted by President Donald Trump’s legal team on Fox News and Fox Business.

#bartiromo-maria, #clement-paul-d, #dobbs-lou, #fox-business-network, #fox-news-channel, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #kirklandellis, #libel-and-slander, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #pirro-jeanine, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smartmatic-sgo-group, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Reddit, the Talk of the Internet, Raises $250 Million

The start-up, which was at the center of a recent stock market frenzy, was valued at $6 billion in the new funding round.

#advertising-and-marketing, #huffman-steve-1983, #online-advertising, #reddit-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #super-bowl, #venture-capital

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Trump Isn’t the Only One on Trial. The Conservative Media Is, Too.

The former president’s second impeachment trial begins oral arguments on Tuesday. But conservative media organizations face an even more consequential test in the weeks and months ahead.

#conservatism-us-politics, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Georgia Officials Review Trump’s Phone Call to Raffensperger

The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has initiated a fact-finding inquiry into Donald Trump’s January phone call to Mr. Raffensperger pressuring him to “find” votes.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fulton-county-ga, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Facebook says it plans to remove posts with false vaccine claims.

The move, which applies to anti-vaccine posts unrelated to Covid as well, targets unpaid posts to the site and particularly Facebook pages and groups.

#autism, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Protesters Rally Across Myanmar, Defying Coup and Risking Crackdown

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities and towns nationwide nearly a week after the military took back power. It has met demonstrations with deadly force in the past.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Lawsuits Take the Lead in Fight Against Disinformation

Defamation cases have made waves across an uneasy right-wing media landscape, from Fox to Newsmax.

#dobbs-lou, #dominion-voting-systems-corp, #fox-business-network, #fox-news-channel, #kelly-greg-1968, #lindell-mike, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #newsmax-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ruddy-christopher, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smartmatic-sgo-group, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wabc

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Michael Flynn Re-emerges Pushing QAnon, Stolen 2020 Election Lies

Recast by President Trump’s most ardent supporters as a MAGA martyr, Michael T. Flynn has embraced his role as the man who spent four years unjustly ensnared in the Russian investigation.

#conspiracy-theories, #flynn-michael-t, #martial-law, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Facebook’s Supreme Court Needs a Broader Mandate

The first decisions from the new Oversight Board have been issued. The results are underwhelming.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #oversight-board-facebook, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Three false claims about the election made in Mike Lindell’s new film.

One America News ran an extensive disclaimer before the broadcast.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #lindell-mike, #my-pillow-inc, #one-america, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smartmatic-sgo-group, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Donald McNeil and Andy Mills Leave The New York Times

Donald McNeil, a veteran science reporter, and Andy Mills, who helped make the “Caliphate” podcast, were the focus of complaints inside and outside The Times.

#baquet-dean, #caliphate-radio-program, #mills-andy-journalist, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #podcasts, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sexual-harassment, #the-daily-radio-program, #wnyc

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Russian Campaign Promotes Homegrown Vaccine and Undercuts Rivals

Russian news outlets with connections to the Kremlin ran disingenuous Spanish-language stories targeting vaccines made in the United States and Europe, researchers said.

#astrazeneca-plc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #latin-america, #mexico, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #spanish-language, #sputnik-satellite, #vaccination-and-immunization

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No, Ocasio-Cortez Didn’t Make Up Her Capitol Riots Experience

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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No, Ocasio-Cortez did not make up her experience during the Capitol riots.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McCarthy Condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Comments, but Stands by Her

In a statement, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California said he “unequivocally” condemned the Georgia freshman’s violent and conspiracy-laden remarks, but declined to revoke her committee posts.

#cheney-liz, #conspiracy-theories, #democratic-party, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #qanon, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Parler CEO John Matze Says He Was Fired

John Matze, who led the social media platform that was popular with conservatives, said he recently disagreed with one of the site’s backers, Rebekah Mercer.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #matze-john, #mercer-rebekah-a-1973, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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India’s Response to Farmer Protests Stirs Fears of Modi’s Power

Critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach to dissent increasingly involves stifling dissenting voices, blocking the internet and cracking down on journalists.

#agriculture-and-farming, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Are Private Messaging Apps the Next Misinformation Hot Spot?

Telegram and Signal, the encrypted services that keep conversations confidential, are increasingly popular. Our tech columnists discuss whether this could get ugly.

#chen-brian-x, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #twitter, #whatsapp-inc

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Liz Cheney Chooses Her Own Path, and It’s a Perilous One

Pro-Trump forces in Washington and in her home state of Wyoming view her opposition to Donald Trump as a betrayal. Now she faces a reckoning over her leadership role in the Republican Party.

#cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #impeachment, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wyoming

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How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality Crisis

These steps, experts say, could prod more people to abandon the scourge of hoaxes and lies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Sleight of Hand: Shouting Fraud, Pocketing Donors’ Cash for Future

With breathless, often misleading appeals, the former president promised small donors that he was using the money to fight the election results, but in fact stored much of it for future use.

#campaign-finance, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #philanthropy, #political-advertising, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j

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Key Takeaways From Trump’s Effort to Overturn the Election

A Times examination of the 77 days between election and inauguration shows how a lie the former president had been grooming for years overwhelmed the Republican Party and stoked the assault on the Capitol.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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What We Learned from Trump’s Effort to Overturn the 2020 Election Results

A Times examination of the 77 days between election and inauguration shows how a lie the former president had been grooming for years overwhelmed the Republican Party and stoked the assault on the Capitol.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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A Vast Web of Vengeance

Outrageous lies destroyed Guy Babcock’s online reputation. When he went hunting for their source, what he discovered was worse than he could have imagined.

#atas-nadire, #babcock-guy, #canada, #communications-decency-act-of-1996, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #england, #google-inc, #libel-and-slander, #pinterest, #ripoff-report-web-site, #rumors-and-misinformation, #section-230, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

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A Conspiracy Theory Is Proved Wrong

The inauguration of Joe Biden shattered the fundamentals of the baseless QAnon theory. What happens to its followers now?

#conspiracy-theories, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states

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Inside a Pro-Huawei Influence Campaign

A covert online push to sway telecommunications policy in favor of the Chinese company may presage a new twist in social manipulation.

#5g-wireless-communications, #computers-and-the-internet, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-trade-and-world-market, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Why Pennsylvania Republican Leaders Are All-In for Trump More Than Ever

Pennsylvania G.O.P. leaders have made loyalty to the defeated ex-president the sole organizing principle of the party, and would-be candidates are jockeying to prove they fought the hardest for him.

#costello-ryan-1976, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #elections-state-legislature, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-general-assembly, #perry-scott-g-1962, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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A Letter to My Conservative Friends

Hold us accountable, but please do the same for the charlatans who deceive you, use you and cheat you.

#cable-television, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fox-news-channel, #frauds-and-swindling, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #oregon, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yamhill-ore

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